HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

●● WITH Dr Paul Bowen, a GP with McIlvride Med­i­cal Prac­tice, Poyn­ton, and ex­ec­u­tive chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG). JUNE 8 to 14 was Car­ers Week, an an­nual cam­paign to raise aware­ness of car­ing, high­light the chal­lenges car­ers face and recog­nise the con­tri­bu­tion they make to fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties through­out the UK.

In eastern Cheshire, there are around 21,000 un­paid car­ers whose un­sung work trans­forms the lives of those they look af­ter, while re­duc­ing de­mand for hard-pressed health and so­cial care ser­vices.

For these rea­sons, it is vi­tal that car­ers are sup­ported so they do not be­come un­well.

The im­por­tance of car­ers is recog­nised in our Car­ing To­gether trans­for­ma­tion pro­gramme to join up health and so­cial care across eastern Cheshire.

One of many ex­am­ples of in­te­grated care is the re­cent launch of Cheshire East Coun­cil’s De­men­tia Re­able­ment Ser­vice (DRS) in part­ner­ship with the CCG and health providers.

The ser­vice of­fers help and sup­port for peo­ple in the early stages of de­men­tia fol­low­ing a for­mal di­ag­no­sis.

It also sup­ports their fam­i­lies and car­ers and places a strong em­pha­sis on em­pow­er­ing peo­ple to man­age their care in­de­pen­dently.

The ser­vice is free for any­one who has re­ceived a di­ag­no­sis of early de­men­tia from a mem­ory clinic.

Your GP will re­fer you to the mem­ory clinic fol­low­ing an as­sess­ment.

The vast ma­jor­ity of eastern Cheshire pa­tients will be re­ferred to Jocelyn Solly Re­source Cen­tre, which is based on the Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal site.

DRS is help­ing achieve the Car­ing To­gether am­bi­tion of sup­port­ing peo­ple to take the best pos­si­ble care of them­selves.

This will re­duce avoid­able hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions and is the ap­proach peo­ple said they wanted dur­ing 18 months of con­sul­ta­tion that shaped the Car­ing To­gether pro­gramme.

Car­ing To­gether recog­nises that we have been de­liv­er­ing ser­vices in the same way for many years and in­creas­ingly this is no longer meet­ing the health and so­cial care re­quire­ments of lo­cal peo­ple.

We’re liv­ing longer, peo­ple want to be treated in their own homes and ad­vances in med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy mean that peo­ple’s ex­pec­ta­tions of the NHS have never been higher.

The re­sult of this is that care ser­vices in eastern Cheshire will have £80 mil­lion less than they need by 2018/19 un­less we start to work dif­fer­ently.

To find out more about Car­ing To­gether, email join@car­ing­to­gether. info, tweet @Car­ing_ To­gether or call 01625 242 511.

●● Dr Paul Bowen

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